Cellphones: Handier than a Swiss Army Knife *Online Only*
Cellphones began as the next step in the development of cordless telephones, but they have developed far beyond their original function of wirelessly connecting people. The moniker “cellphone” becomes increasingly inaccurate in describing their function with each passing year. While making and receiving calls remains a key part of a cellphone’s purpose, it has become overshadowed by the many other functions and tasks that a cellphone does. Displayed are examples of previously used one-task devices that are now part of cellphones' operating systems. These examples are listed in the order in which they became available to use as functions of cellphones.
As you view them ask yourself:
- How much space would these objects all take up together?
- What other devices does my cellphone do the job of?
- How did people figure out how to compress the usefulness of so many tools into a rectangle that can fit in my pocket?
In taking the time to consider the many functions of a cellphone, you may find yourself growing more attached to your own than you already are. Whether that is good or bad is up to you!